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by Rachel Doherty


My mangled figure, frozen mid-motion

Cut down, run over

Entrails exposed for all to see


Did they even feel me being crushed under that speeding machine?


They opted for the smoother ride. . . .

An advanced suspension package

So probably not


Rigor mortis has set in

The mission that brought me out here forever postponed


A thirst?  A hunger?

For myself or for my babies?


Nobody cares about the why

They just opine:

“That’s the risk you take when you put yourself out there.”



Rachel Doherty is a Hudson Valley-based writer.  She has a BA in Communications from Fordham University and an MA in Media Ecology from NYU.  She has been published in the literary journal Exposed.  More of her writing can be found at http://www.writestuffny.wordpress.com.

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